May 17th Holidays, Observances and Awareness Days

All About May 17th

If today is your birthday, then Happy Birthday! If you are just stopping by to learn about the history of May 17th, then we hope you enjoy this page! We have collected a lot of random facts about today, such as celebrity birthdays, horoscope information, health awareness and observance days, historical events and must more. Just read on down the page and enjoy! Hope you learn something fun!


May 17th Holidays, Observances and Awareness Days

Every day is full of different holidays, observances and health awareness days. Look through the list today and see if there are any that may apply to you and celebrate! Whether you go out hunting mushrooms or decide to do something so support someone with a particular illness, we hope you have a May 17th!

  • International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
    May 17th, The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. The date of May 17th was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. Learn about each year’s events and activities at
  • National Cherry Cobbler Day
    National Cherry Cobbler Day is celebrated annually on May 17th.  Check out this Recipe for Easy Cherry Cobbler. 
  • National Mushroom Hunting Day
    National Mushroom Hunting Day is celebrated each year on May 17th. Whether you are a Mycologist or a beginner, mushroom hunting is a fun adventure. Let help you in identifying mushrooms!
  • National Pack Rat Day
    May 17th is a day to celebrate decluttering. Whether it is a packed closet, stuff shoved under your bed or hoardings in the attic, take a step toward cleaning it out today!
  • National Walnut Day
    The Walnut Marketing Board established National Walnut Day in the 1950s. Not only are walnuts delicious but they have many benefits. They are rich in antioxidants, a good source or Omega-3s, they decrease inflammation and they promote gut health.
  • World Hypertension Day
    World Hypertension Day is a day designated by The World Hypertension League (WHL).  The day was initiated to increase the awareness of hypertension. TThe WHL launched its first WHD on May 14, 2005. Since 2006, the WHL has been dedicating May 17 of every year as WHD. Hypertension is A condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is too high.
    Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90.
  • World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day
    NF is a condition that causes tumors to form in the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. It is usually noncancerous. There are three types of this condition. Type 1 usually appears in childhood, while Types 2 and 3 appear in early adulthood.
    You can participate in bringing awareness to NF  by lighting up homes, buildings, bridges and monuments in blue and green, or wearing blue and green and sharing pictures or hashtags on social media. You can learn more about it here:
  • World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
    World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is an international day proclaimed in November 2006 by the International Telecommunication Union Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, to be celebrated annually on May 17th. The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and communication technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

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May 17th Zodiac Sign is Taurus

Taurus is the second astrological sign in the present zodiac. The Sun is in the sign of Taurus.

Horoscope Zodiac Astrology Sign Taurus PillowTime period: April 20 – May 21
Element: Earth
Ruling planet: Venus
Symbol: Bull
Zodiac quality: Fixed
Birthstones: Emerald, Diamond, Sapphire, Garnet, Rose quartz
Famous Tauruses: Dwayne Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II, Megan Fox, George Clooney, Adele, Mark Zuckerberg, Shakespeare, David Beckham, Princess Cha
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May 17th Trivia

  • 1536 – Anne Boleyn’s 4 “lovers” executed shortly before her own beheading,
  • 1741 – John Penn, American lawyer. Signer of the Declaration of Independence. was born.
  • 1824 – The diaries of Lord Byron are burnt by six of the poet’s friends at the office of John Murray in London, sometimes described as “the greatest crime in literary history,”
  • 1875 – 1st Kentucky Derby: Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75.
  • 1883 – Buffalo Bill’s 1st Wild West show opens in Omaha, Nebraska.
  • 1884 – Alaska becomes a US territory
  • 1886 – John Deere, American blacksmith. the well known tractor inventor, passes away.
  • 1900 – “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” is first published by L. Frank Baum with illustrations by William Wallace Denslow in Chicago.
  • 1936 – Dennis Hopper, American actor, director was born.
  • 1943 – Millionaire Howard Hughes crashes into Lake Mead, while test flying his Sikorsky S-43, killing CAA inspector Ceco Cline and Richard Felt.
  • 1955 – Bill Paxton, American actor, known for his role in Titanic was born.
  • 1956 – Sugar Ray Leonard American boxer, winner of the world welterweight, light middleweight, and middleweight titles is born.
  • 1960 – The #1 song on the Hot Country songs Billboard was, “Please Help Me, I’m Falling,” by  Hank Locklin.
  • 1971 – First state to ban sex discrimination Washington makes it illegal to discriminate in hiring based on sex, age, marital status, race, creed, color, or national origin. The law went into effect in July.
  • 1973 – Televised hearings of the Watergate scandal.. begin in the United States Senate.
  • 1977 – Nolan Bushnell opened the first Chuck E. Cheese’s in San Jose, California.
  • 1981 – The #1 song on the Hot 100 Billboard was, “Bette Davis Eyes,” by  Kim Carnes.
  • 1981 –  The #1 movie is, “Happy Birthday to Me.”
  • 1985 –  William Fuqua sits 24 hours on a motorcycle setting the World record for motionlessness. Source: Guinness Book of World Records,
  • 1986 – “Chicken Song” by Spitting Image hits #1 on the UK pop chart.
  • 1988 – Nikki Reed, American actress and model, known for her portrayal of vampire Rosalie Hale in The Twilight Saga, and wife of Ian Somerhalder was born in West Los Angeles, CA.
  • 1989 – Nelson Mandela receives a BA from University of South Africa.
  • 1990 – World Health Organization takes homosexuality out of its list of mental illnesses.
  • 1991 – Jeffrey Dahmer Milwaukee police officers find a 14-year-old, drugged, naked, and bleeding. They return him to Dahmer who then killed him moments later.
  • 1991 – Lupita Jones, 23, of Mexico, crowned 40th Miss Universe.
  • 1993 – First use of an artificial liver to keep a person alive after removing their liver is announced by doctors at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in California. 
  • 1992 – Lawrence Welk, American orchestra leader, “Ah-one, an’ ah-two.” passes away.
  • 2004 – Tony Randall.  American actor. TV: The Odd Couple (1970-75, Felix Unger). passes away.
  • 2004 – The #1 movie was, “Shrek 2.”
  • 2004 – The first legal same-sex marriages in the U.S. are performed in the state of Massachusetts.
  • 2012 – Donna Summer, American Grammy-winning singer,  passed away from lung cancer.
  • 2019 –  22-month-old Kenneth Howard was missing for nearly 67 hours when found alive in Kentucky forest and reunited with his parents.
  • 2019 –  The famous frowning cat, Grumpy Cat, (real name was Tardar Sauce,) passed away following complications with a recent urinary tract infection.
  • 2020 – Coronavirus continues to spread bringing the total cases to Confirmed 4.66M – Deaths

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